A man’s DNA can make him a father, but what makes him a dad? Being a dad is one of the most gratifying jobs in the world, but it is undoubtedly one of the toughest. Whether you are a first-time father or have your third or fifth child, the persistent anxiety about whether you are doing a decent job never goes away.
The truth is that there is no one-size-fits-all guide to becoming a great parent. It is unique to each father, but some characteristics are universal. A father must be a role model, be dedicated to his family, aware of his children’s needs, and capable of providing for them emotionally, financially, and physically. Here are five best ways to become a better father starting today.
Spend Quality Time with Your Children
You may have hectic schedules and spend the majority of your time juggling several responsibilities, but being a parent is a full-time job. Your children require care and attention because it shows them that they are important enough for you to make time for them. It instills a sense of security while also assisting in the building of their self-esteem. It also benefits you as a parent since you will get to know your children better and build a stronger bond with them.
Don’t be Scared to Show Affection
We are indoctrinated to believe that women are nurturers and so should express emotions, but fathers are heroes and should never express feelings since it is a sign of weakness. According to a Duke University Medical School study, this couldn’t be further from the truth. When compared to children with distant parents, children with loving parents grow up to be happier, more confident, more sociable adults.
Share a Common Interest
What is your favorite activity to do with your children? It may be for all of them or different activities for each child based on their interests. The moments you enjoy during such activities strengthen your relationship and leave them with long-lasting memories.
Love and Respect Their Mother
Children flourish in a compassionate atmosphere. As Theodore Hesburgh famously remarked, the best gift you can give your children is to love their mother. Whether you are still married, separated, or divorced. Kids may understand why you are no longer together, but they will never comprehend any anger or animosity aimed towards each other.
Consistency is Key
The most major part of fatherhood is a constant presence. Providing love and care to your children and teaching them how to be better people. Knowing that their father will always be there for them whenever they need him will help them feel safe.
With so many obligations and expectations on parents, balancing job and family life may be difficult. Perfection is impossible, but being a good father begins with being there and giving your all, prioritizing your children’s needs, and working to be a better father every day.
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